2009 USBF Board Elected
There have been no petition candidates for election to the USBF Board of Directors, so the two candidates nominated by the nominating committee will fill the two vacant spots on the USBF Board without the necessity for an election. The 2009 Board of Directors of the USBF will be:
Steve Beatty, term expires January 2011
Joan Gerard, term expires January, 2010
Bob Hamman, term expires January, 2010
George Jacobs, term expires January 2011
Sylvia Moss, term expires January 2012
Mike Passell, term expires January 2012
Bill Pollack, term expires January, 2010
Federation officers will be elected at the first Board meeting of 2009.
JOINT STATEMENT BY THE USBF BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE 2007 VENICE CUP-WINNING TEAM
The United States Bridge Federation (USBF) and the US Venice Cup world championship bridge team are pleased to mutually announce that we have resolved all issues relating to events that occurred at the closing ceremony of the 2007 World Bridge Championship in Shanghai. We all believe that it is in the best interests of bridge to put this behind us so that we can focus on playing the game we love.
The USBF Board has dismissed all charges against the members of the Venice Cup team.
The members of the USA1 Venice Cup Championship team recognize that it is a legitimate request of the USBF, when sending teams to represent the United States, that all participants refrain from using the stage for the Medal Ceremonies as a platform for anything other than receiving their medals.
For the future the USBF will make certain that the Guidelines are clearer as to what is expected.
We all look forward to resuming our mutual enjoyment of bridge and to working together to promote the game.
Lou Ann O'Rourke
November 20, 2007
Open Letter from USBF Board of Directors - Nov. 16, 2007
The USBF is proud of the achievements of our bridge teams in Shanghai; USA teams won Gold and Bronze in the Senior Bowl, Gold in the Venice Cup and Silver in the Bermuda Bowl, an outstanding accomplishment. The players are all great competitors and outstanding world champions. We do not, however, agree with the actions of the Venice Cup winners at the prize-giving ceremony, where they held up a sign saying "we did not vote for Bush".
The victorious women were supported financially by many United States citizens who had made direct or indirect contributions to the USBF and to the ACBL International Fund which provides financial support for North American teams playing in international events. As representatives of all of those people and of all of the members of the USBF, the champions had an obligation to behave in a manner that all of their supporters could be proud of. Their statement made some people less than proud. As such, it demonstrated conduct unbecoming a member of the USBF when representing the USBF on the international stage.
World Bridge Championships, like Olympic events, are intended as a respite from politics. India plays against Pakistan. Israel plays against Arab countries. All in a spirit of good will. It is simply not the time or place for any team to make a political statement -- and all participants should know that. The championship rules expressly require participants to abide by the provisions governing Olympic athletes, including the Olympic Charter ban on demonstrations and political propaganda. The women’s team may not have intended their sign as political but it was viewed by many on both sides as making a political statement.
Whatever the players’ intentions, the USBF cannot condone or ignore the actions of our Venice Cup champions. The USBF has commenced proceedings to review those actions. There will be a hearing in two weeks in San Francisco, at the next ACBL national championship, to determine if sanctions are warranted. No sanctions whatsoever are currently in place.